Yes, I generally do my occasional mackerel run ?around? the month of April and May to load up for my offshore and inshore trips. Like any fishery, it?s not what it used to be, but once you hear of a mackerel bite? you really need to stop everything because the action will probably last only a week or two.
Regarding which party boats to go to?Well, most captains will be on high alert and just about every port will target those speedsters. As for rigs? You could buy a simple mackerel jigs or make your own? it?s very simple, all you?ll need is colored tubes and a diamond jig!
What do I target during the winter you asked? This year I am not sure, but I generally travel to fish. Do my local blackfish, Ling and codfish (mixed in with scattered Mackerel).
I also do winter trout flycasting, tie flies, tune plugs, attend shows and Ice fishing too.
Any thoughts on where to get colored tubing. I think you can get in a coil, but I can't find anyone who sells it.
Regarding macks, while I haven't fished for them, I know that they were picking them up during the day last January off the Jersey coast. I went out on the Norma K for ling and the boat loaded up earlier that day with mackerel. Seemed odd to me since I always thought macks ran in the spring.
Thanks for the quick response.
Well I just started to get serious about fishing this year and since i dont have a boat got introduced to surf fishing this summer. Got lucky caught my first striper keeper in august and since then willing to fish for anything and anywhere. So this is my first winter and trying to figure out where and what runs.
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